ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The search for the next defensive coordinator at Michigan is officially over.
U-M announced on Monday that Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown will be headed to Ann Arbor to fill the vacancy left behind by D.J. Durkin.
“We are very pleased and happy to announce that our top candidate and number one choice, Don Brown has accepted our offer to become defensive coordinator,” U-M coach Jim Harbaugh said in a statement. “After a very thorough search and talking with those I respect the most in this game, including Jack Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Bob Sutton, Vic Fangio and others, it led me to Don Brown. Everything he has touched has turned to gold. Just look at his track record as a head coach, defensive coordinator and even as a baseball coach. We are beyond excited to welcome this high character, high achieving individual to our program and university. Teaching and player development are synonymous with coaching and Don Brown epitomizes those qualities.”
Brown joins U-M after spending the previous three seasons at Boston College. Despite a 3-9 season in 2015, Brown was named 2015 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles defense to one of the nations best.
Experienced in the college setting, Brown brings 34 years of coaching experience, 21 years as a defensive coordinator, to U-M at various stops that include UCONN and Maryland.
Brown will start coaching at the end of the bowl season.